John Shooshan To Receive Robert Ball Award

The Best of Ballston awards and Annual Meeting will take place on June 21, 2017 at The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. The Ballston BID website states: "The Ballston BID’s Annual Meeting and Best of Ballston Awards Program will be an evening recognizing the hidden stars of Ballston.  Talented, creative, smart and savvy people walk the streets of our neighborhood --- this event is our time to share their success stories!" The Ballston BID is currently seeking nominations for the Property Manager Award, Broker Award and the Innovation Award, which you may submit online at www.ballstonbid.com/annual-meeting-best-ballston-awards. In addition to the above awards, The Shooshan Company is proud to report that John Shooshan will receive the Robert Ball award. BID's website released the following statement: "The grand finale of the evening is the presentation of the Robert Ball Award, named after the founding Ball family of Ballston, to John Shooshan in recognition of his contributions to Ballston and Arlington. His talents and dedication to Ballston have strengthened the network in our community and have enhanced the neighborhood aesthetically and intellectually." The Annual Meeting and Best of Ballston Awards is guaranteed to be a great event, so be sure to submit your nominations before May 1, 2017 and register online here.   References: Annual Meeting & Best of Ballston Awards. (2017). Ballston BID. Source: http://www.ballstonbid.com/annual-meeting-best-ballston-awards First Best of Ballston Awards Will Honor Neighborhood's Hidden Stars. (2017). ARLnow. Source: https://www.arlnow.com/2017/03/31/first-best-of-ballston-awards-will-honor-neighborhoods-hidden-stars/

Ballston Farmers’ Market Every Thursday

With the longer days of summer, take time to enjoy all that the warmer months have to offer, including venturing to some area farmers’ markets. If you live around Ballston, you are within walking distance to some wonderful restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, as well as the Ballston Farmer's Market. Every Thursday afternoon (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm), the Ballston Fresh Farm Market serves up locally grown fruit and vegetables, along with gourmet cheeses, honey and beeswax products, eggs, meat, pies, eggs and more. In fact, you can make a late lunch or dinner out of it. Enjoy one of the smoothies made at the market, pick up some crab cakes, and sample some tasty gourmet spreads or dips. If you can’t wait for Thursday, check out the other Arlington farmers' markets in Rosslyn and Crystal City at FreshFarmMarkets.org. This web site also provides market locations throughout the Washington area, from the White House and Union Market to Silver Spring and even out to St. Michael’s on the Eastern Shore.  However, if you’re not looking to venture that far, you can find the market open in Crystal City on Tuesdays and in Rosslyn on Wednesdays. Regardless of location, be sure to bring your shopping bags for some eco-friendly shopping. Take advantage of fresh offerings to give your taste buds a break from the usual fare. And with live music and weekly chef demos, the Ballston FreshFarm Market provides a wonderful backdrop for your shopping and socializing. According to FreshFarm.org, 2017 Farmers and Producers include:
  • BREAD & WATER
  • BUN'D UP
  • CASSAVA
  • COULTER FARMS
  • COWBELL KITCHEN
  • CUCINA AL VOLO
  • FRESH CRUNCH
  • GREENHEART JUICE SHOP
  • MICKLEY'S ORCHARD & FARM MARKET
  • MOCK'S GREENHOUSE
  • MONROE BAY WINERY
  • PLEITEZ PRODUCE
  • RAINBOW HILL FARM
  • RED TREE FARMSTEAD
  • ROCKAHOCK FARM
  • SECOND RISING
  • SHE PEPPERS
  • TIMBER PIZZA COMPANY
  • WESTMORELAND BERRY FARM
  • WILD HARE CIDER
Partner organizations for the FRESHFARM Ballston Market are: Find more information at www.freshfarm.org/ballston References: Freshfarm Markets. (2017). Freshfarm. Source: http://freshfarm.org/  

National Walking Day 2017

National Walking Day takes place April 5, 2017.  Among the many organizations promoting the event are Arlington Transportation Partners, WalkArlington and Arlington County’s Public Health Division. WalkArlington, a division of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), is asking everyone to join in their "1 Billion Steps Challenge:" Pit stops for the walk include:
  • Ballston | The Nature Conservancy Building: 4245 N Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203
  • Columbia Pike | Department of Human Services, Sequoia Plaza: 2100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204
  • Crystal City | Crystal City Water Park: 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
  • Rosslyn | Central Place: 1800 N Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209
  To help with your routes, Arlington Walking Maps (which we've previously discussed here) are available to download for Ballston, Columbia Pike, Crystal City and Rosslyn. More information on National Walk Day can be found here. References: National Walking Day. (2017). WalkArlington. Source: http://www.walkarlington.com/initiatives/national-walking-day/  

YEA! Investor Panel: Thursday, March 30, 2017

This Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or "YEA!" students, (comprised of local students, ages 12-18) will gather in the Reinsch Library Auditorium at Marymount University to present their business plans before a panel of local business leaders, as stated on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce website. [Tickets Here] The Chamber states: "Each student business will have five minutes to pitch their business plans to the panel of investors. The panel will then ask each student three questions. Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives from investor companies will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement." Our very own Kelly Shooshan will represent the Ballston BID while Kevin Shooshan represents The Shooshan Company. Sponsors for the Investor Panel Event include:
  • Marymount University
  • Fluor
  • Beach Geeks, Inc.
  • Graham Holdings Company
  • Ballston BID
  • Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C.
  • The Shooshan Company
  • Todd Ihrig - H.D. Vest Investment Services
  • Washington Workplace
  • Arlington Community Federal Credit Union
  • Crystal City Sports Pub
  • Garrett Group, Inc.
  • enviroCAB
  • Waterford Inc.
Registration, tickets and parking information may be found on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce website here. References: YEA! Investor Panel. (2017). Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Source: http://web.arlingtonchamber.org/events/YEA!-Investor-Panel-2106/details

Northern Virginia Restaurant Week 2017

The 2017 Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, taking place March 20-27, features many delicious establishments in Arlington including: At The Shooshan Company, we are particularly excited for Mike Isabella's Concepts located at The View at Liberty Center Luxury Apartments, 4000 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA in the Ballston neighborhood. We encourage you to visit their websites to see exclusive Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus:   References: Northern Virginia Restaurant Week. (2017). The Greater Reston, Loudon, Prince William and Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Source: http://novarestaurantweek.com/

Arlington Transportation Partners Champions

Arlington Transportation Partners recently released their list of "Champions," which, as the website states, "provides community recognition and rewards to businesses, multi-family residential communities, commercial properties and schools in Arlington County." Arlington Transportation Partners provides transportation expertise to businesses, residential communities and commercial properties "to help improve transportation amenities and commuter benefits. These services and programs have significant impacts on commuting patterns, traffic congestion, personal health and air quality in Arlington County." The following video provides some insight into the requirements to become a Champion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNWXPieL13s   As seen in the video, The Shooshan Company is honored to have two properties listed among the Platinum winners: The View Luxury Apartments and Two Liberty Center: You may find more about The View at Liberty Center Luxury Apartments on their website, TheViewApartments.com, as well as information on Kodiak Realty's Two Liberty Center at TwoLibertyCenter.com or Kodiak-Realty.com/Two-Liberty-Center. The Shooshan Company would also like to congratulate all of the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Arlington Transportation Partners Champions!   Sources

4040 Wilson to Feature First Arlington VIDA Fitness

VIDA Fitness is, without a doubt, one of the best gyms and fitness services available. They have 6 locations in Washington, D.C. and are continuing to expand, with their first Arlington location coming to 4040 Wilson Blvd. right next to Ballston Quarter. According to their website, "VIDA Fitness offers flexibility with membership, so you can select the option that best fits your needs as an individual. We’ve got you covered whether you love to follow your favorite group fitness instructors from club to club or just prefer the convenience of the location closest to your home or office." In addition to their many locations, VIDA Fitness offers group fitness classes in the areas of:
  • Inner Fitness (Yoga)
  • Cycling
  • Group Fitness
  • Abs Area
  • Small Group Programs
They also continuously take requests for new class ideas and offer personal training, described as "truly a customized approach to meeting your needs as an individual. We will develop a systematic and carefully planned program design to help you safely reach your goals in a finite time period. All of our Personal Training packages are available in 30-minute or 55-minute sessions." 4040 Wilson Blvd., a Shooshan Company project and Ballston's tallest and first vertically mixed-use building, is excited to add VIDA Fitness to the area. 4040 Wilson Blvd. is the final component to the Liberty Center Development, offering unrivaled views of the city and features 190,000 SF of rentable, highly efficient office space, 3 floors of retail and 244 residential apartments. Find more about VIDA Fitness on their website at www.vidafitness.com, and be sure to see everything 4040 Wilson has to offer on their website, www.4040wilson.com.  

Mike Isabella’s Ballston Restaurants

Arlington Magazine features many articles on what is happening around the area and covers a wide variety of restaurants, among other businesses. A 2016 article titled Restaurants That Innovate is particularly interesting for the way it dives in to describe unique eateries around Arlington. At the Shooshan Company, we're especially proud to see Mike Isabella's restaurants located in The View Luxury Apartments: Kapnos Taverna, Yona and Pepita Cantina. Regarding these restaurants, the article states: "It took celebrity chef Mike Isabella just one year to transform the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Quincy Street in Ballston into a food mecca. The address (4000 Wilson) is now home to the trifecta that is Kapnos Taverna, Pepita and Yona. 'They are so different, I think they feed off of each other,' says the restaurateur/chef of his Greek, Mexican and Asian-inspired hot spots. 'It’s like living on a city block where you can walk down the street and have a lot of options. People in that area don’t have to go far, whether they want a watering hole, food to go or to sit down for something to eat.'" The article goes on to highlight unique dishes of each establishment, such as Pepita Cantina's 54 cocktails, Yona's uni waffle and Kapnos' taramasalata. The restaurants are not only great additions to Ballston, they are an incredible benefit to residents of The View Luxury apartments. Find more information about The View apartments here, or visit websites for each of the restaurants to see their full menus: Kapnos Taverna, Yona and Pepita Cantina.   Source

Virginia Ranks 8th Top State for LEED Projects

A new report from the U.S. Green Building Council states that Virginia ranks #8 in the Top 10 States for LEED. This report shows "an annual ranking that highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year." The top 10 states were:
  1. MA
  2. CO
  3. IL
  4. NY
  5. CA
  6. NV
  7. MD
  8. VA
  9. WA
  10. TX
Inside Nova reported that Arlington, in particular, "had a cumulative total of 3.15 million square feet of space certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council through 2016, according to officials of the county’s Department of Environmental Services." The official press release from USGBC states, “LEED guides our buildings, cities, communities and neighborhoods to become more resource- and energy-efficient, healthier for occupants and more competitive in the marketplace,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. “The green building movement continues to evolve with advancements in technology, benchmarking and transparency, and the states on this list are leading the way toward a more sustainable future.” The Shooshan Company is proud to play a role in making Arlington more energy-efficient with our many projects including Two Liberty CenterThe View at Liberty Center, Residence Inn by Marriott, GSA Headquarters – DARPA and more. The full USGBC press release may be seen on their website here.

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U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building. (2017). U.S. Green Building Council. Source: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-releases-annual-top-10-states-for-leed-green-building

Arlington, state finds themselves near top of rankings in LEED buildings. (2017). Inside Nova. Source:  http://www.insidenova.com/news/arlington/arlington-state-find-themselves-near-top-of-rankings-in-leed/article_44b7b252-ea27-11e6-bfbc-f3e2aba3ff7d.html

Two Liberty Center Receives LEED Gold Certification.

Two Liberty Center, located at 4075 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, was recently honored to receive LEED Gold Certification. As we've stated in previous articles, LEED stems from the U.S. Green Building Council and as their website states: “LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily... LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.” Based on the number of points received, a project is awarded with one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Two Liberty Center received GOLD and was ranked on:
  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy & atmosphere
  • Material & resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional priority credits
It is a great achievement to earn any of the LEED certifications, something we at The Shooshan Company have been honored with in many of our projects including The View at Liberty Center, Residence Inn by Marriott, GSA Headquarters - DARPA and more. You may see all of the details on the official U.S. Green Building Council website here, and be sure to visit the official Two Liberty Center website, www.twolibertycenter.com, to see availability, features, amenities, photos and more.  

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LEED. (2017). U.S. Green Building Council. Source: http://www.usgbc.org/leed